From the Sidelines
Local Leadership Information
Jeff Bowers, Co-Director:
Jeff Bowers, the head women’s soccer coach at Virginia Wesleyan College has compiled an overall record of 153-40-23 with the Marlins and has received numerous accolades, including 2005 Old Dominion Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors as well as South Region Coach of the Year honors in 2003 and 2005. He guided the Marlins to their most successful season ever in 2006, highlighted by an Old Dominion Conference Championship and a Final Four NCAA finish. He also coached the semi-professional Hampton Road Piranhas, in 2004 and 2005. Bowers holds a Premier License from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a “B” license from the United States Soccer Federation.
Laura Koontz, Co-Director:
Laura Koontz has been in collegiate coaching for the past four years and just finished her second year as the Trinity University assistant women's soccer coach in San Antonio, TX. Prior to coaching at Trinity University, Laura was an assistant coach at Virginia Wesleyan College in Virginia Beach VA for two seasons.
She graduated and played for powerhouse Wheaton College (Ill.) from 2003 to 2006. Wheaton captured the NCAA Division III National Championship twice during her playing days, in 2004 and 2006. She was a two time All-American in 2005 and 2006 and was honored as the NSCAA National Player of the Year in 2006, as well as being named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Player of the Year.
In addition to her collegiate coaching and playing experience, Laura has coached and worked with a variety of youth players, ranging from 4-18 years old, over the past 8 years. She has worked with several different competitive clubs and programs to help develop the fundamentals of the game with youth players across the country. Some of her youth coaching experience includes; the U8-U10 Head Academy Trainer with Bulverde Youth Soccer Association (now Dallas Texans San Antonio) in San Antonio TX and head coach of the Super Y U13 Hampton Roads Piranhas in Virginia Beach VA. She is an active member of the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America).
She is passionate about the game of soccer and being able to use the sport to teach and develop kids of all ages. She looks forward to bringing an energetic and fun environment to the development of the game.